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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Botanicals
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:22:41 AM »
I found a link that lets you download a PDF of this book:


Spencerian Script / Re: IAMPETH Spencerian Guidesheets
« on: August 23, 2017, 12:06:08 PM »
Three separate sheets!?  Well...okay...I can follow the rules now that I know them.  I am willing to do what the people that already have the skill say is correct.  I will have to spend some more time deciding on three different layouts for the three sections.

I remain &c.,

Spencerian Script / Re: IAMPETH Spencerian Guidesheets
« on: August 18, 2017, 07:05:05 PM »
Here are the revised guidelines, which incorporate the suggestions from AnasaziWrites.  The short vertical lines in the 4mm guidelines are the spacing I plan to use, which puts all 52 letters onto four lines.  On the 3mm guidelines, the short vertical lines are where the center of the names should go, onto five lines.  On an 11x14 sheet of paper, a margin of 1 5/8 inches at the top, bottom, and between sections should space them evenly down the page.

The easy part is done.


Spencerian Script / IAMPETH Spencerian Guidesheets
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:53:27 PM »
I made these guidesheets to match the sizes for the IAMPETH certificate requirements.  I'll be using them for practice (I will not meet the three-year membership requirement until 2019).  These are quite easy to make or modify; let me know if you want lighter/darker/differently spaced lines.  The files with the "p" at the end print in the portrait/vertical orientation, and the "l" files are in landscape/horizontal.


@Simone Lettering

This book:

has a section on flourishing, starting on page 119.  If the link doesn't work, go to the IAMPETH website, click on the Rare Books tab, and then select the Shaded Spencerian filter.

Hope this helps,

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: How to value a donation?
« on: March 27, 2017, 07:42:52 PM »
I can only address the question on value of your kit, and I have to give you two different answers.

1. For giving people some idea of the value, for everything except your time you should use what it cost you to obtain it.  Since this is part of your company's efforts, you would be justified in using your hourly cost to the company (hourly cost, not hourly pay) as the value of your time.  If you feel that the value of your time as a calligraphy instructor is not the same as your time working for the company, you can adjust that accordingly.

2. When it comes time to prepare your 2017 tax return, your charitable donation is however much money that your kit brings in, not how much it cost you.

Hope this helps.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Large Deckled Edge Paper??
« on: March 19, 2017, 11:49:52 AM »
Twinrocker hand-made paper has large sheets here:

I have no affiliation with them; I just wish I could go into their shop and buy two of everything.

It's a bit difficult to be sure on my screen, but I think it is called Secretary Hand.  Here's an example:


Flourishing / Re: Need Help Learning
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:55:30 PM »
Prasad has it right about the resources at IAMPETH, especially this book:

On the IAMETH website, look for the Rare Books tab, and then use the Offhand Flourishing filter.  There are several other >>free<< books that may be useful for you.


Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Dr. J. Vitolo
« on: January 19, 2017, 08:31:29 AM »
It looks like Business Writing to me.
If you are interested, there is a book available for download here:


Spencerian Script / Re: Using Seyes ruling?
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:26:22 AM »
If I did this right, the guidesheet I use should be attached.  The solid lines are for the downstrokes, and dashed lines are for the connecting strokes. 


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Frequency of words
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:52:01 PM »
That's exactly the approach I took when I re-learned cursive writing after 40+ years of only printing.  If I did this right, two files that I used should be attached.  This way worked for me; I hope this helps.


Show & Tell / Re: Paying Homage to Bill Evans
« on: June 16, 2016, 10:07:30 AM »
Thank you, Mr. Fraser.  I now have four of your examples in my "Study as much as you practice" file.


This version has horizontal lines every 5mm and slant lines at 55 degrees, with black lines instead of light gray.  Is this what you are looking for?  If you want to use something under blank paper as a guidesheet (instead of printing guidelines on the paper) I can easily make the lines thicker.


Will this work for you?  Let me know if you need darker dots or lines, or if you need dashed slant lines.


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